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ISSUE NO. 2

VERUM AMERICAN EXILE AN EXLUSIVE ACCOUNT OF NEHANDA ABIODUN’S

LIFE ON

THE RUN

SPRING FEVER

FALL IN LOVE WITH STYLE THIS SEASON

THE THIN LINE*

SUPPLEMENTS AND SUSPENSION: THE REAL RULES

THE KING’S MEN A BAND’S TOUR, A WRITER’S JOURNEY

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MARTINI’S MARTINI’S

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Nailed It!

By Kurtis Hall

the first date

What to carry on a first date, if you want a second one

By Stephanie Weers There is nothing more exciting than trying out the latest nail art on your digits. This month Verum Beauty Contributor, Jennifer Komisar, shows you how to sport them in style!

Inspiration:

Nail art can be inspired by anything you see: fashion, artwork, or simply a design on your notebook. This nail art was inspired by the floral pattern in a spring dress and translated beautifully to a manicure.

confidence No girl wants to hear how you haven’t been on a date in months, have no love life, terrible job. Let her know you’re a hot commodity by being positive. Confidence, not cockiness, will go a long way

Half Moon:

a worthy wallet You just paid for a nice dinner for two, and immediately blow all your gentleman cred by pulling out an old tainted Chicago Bull’s wallet when the check comes. Gentlemen, put your paper and plastic in leather, with little clutter to stay classy and sophisticated.

scent When diving in for that “goodnight” kiss, nothing turns a woman off faster than the reek of post work-out sweat or an entire cologne bottle. Guys, 1-2 squirts on the neck/chest area will bring and keep her close.

nice underwear Because tighty-whiteys and boxers that say “Heavy Load” will get you nowhere but laughed at.

The half-moon manicure is all the rage this spring. With so much color and detail variation there are endless ways to get that cute little semi-circle at the base of the nail. Feel free to use a range of palettes, from nudes to bolds.

Ombré Fading:

The ombré fading effect is an impressive look that’s easily achievable with a triangle make-up sponge. You can use varying shades of one color to create a gradient look or transition between two different colors.

Japanese 3D Nails:

Looking to stand out this spring? Japanese 3D nails are hitting our shores and come in many fun designs. These nails have intricate details such as mini flowers, candies, and bows. Can’t get to Tokyo? You can also find these nails at Tananail.com and Etsy.com

Nail Art by: Jennifer Komisar // 10minicanvases.tumblr.com

Love and Devotay By Sarah Bulmer

Standing behind the brass-colored bar at Devotay, Kurt Friese experesses his love for Spanish cuisine. “My culinary soul comes from the northern Mediterranean.” When Devotay opened 15 years ago, it was the first tapas bar in Iowa. The dátiles, The dried dates paired with crisp bacon and the chutney is fresh and wholesome. The grilled beef, olive, and blue cheese pintxos served with a balsamic reduction also play upon the perfect marriage between salty and sweet. Friese brings in fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from his own 1/2 acre garden. Devotay offers affordably gourmet cuisine that bridges between the perfect place to go on a date, or with family and friends.

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CONTENTS

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CONTENTS LETTER FROM THE EDITOR CONTRIBUTORS

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NCAA STORY

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An exclusive Q&A with the UI’s Dan Matheson, former NCAA investigator.

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Our style gurus give tips on how to dress ala mode this spring.

CLOSET REMIX

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Verum performs closet shuffles for spring.

THE THIN LINE*

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Don’t eat that! College baseball players grapple with the constraints of supplement rules.

THE RISE, FALL, RISE AND FALL OF NEWT GINGRICH Where is Newt Gingrich going? Robert Maharry wants to know.

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SPRING FEVER

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GIANT OF THE GAME?

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Eli Manning’s journey towards stardom. Will he make it to the hall of fame?

THE KINGS MEN An excerpt of Hunter Sharpless’s writings about his experience Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers

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FOLK WITH BENEFITS

Grand Tetons will perform at Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival on March 30th.

ON THE COVER: NEHANDA 4

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Nehanda Abiodun’s account of daring escape and life on the run as an American politcal exile in Havana, Cuba, where she was granted asylum over 20 years ago.

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Fireside Chat

By Sarah Bulmer

In the heat of this year’s election, political fastball banter is thrown from both the left and the right. Here are some helpful tips on sounding intelligible in a downright pretentious environment

Sun Glasses By Jeremy Hahn

If you don’t have a pair, there are plenty of affordable and stylish options to choose from in the numerous shops downtown. We recommend RagStock for their large wall of cheap sunnies.

-Well bourbon whiskey -Tuaca -Tazo Chai

RayBan Wayfarers have made a popular comeback. They’ll do a great job of hiding your eyes when they bulge out from seeing the price tag. If you lose your sunglasses as often as you eat lunch, there’s no shame in buying off-brand Wayfarers.

-Gesticulation

In order to get the attention of your peers, use hand gestures and/or pretend you are parting the Red Sea with your arms will make you look level-headed and educated on the subject.

Tag Heuer Carrera sunglasses were the ultimate rock star sunglasses of the 70’s. Now they’re back in black. If sunglasses are your passion, splurge on these.

-Be LOUD

Being loud is the same as being heard. So shout what you have to say from the rooftops. Extra points if you accidently spit on whomever you’re talking to.

-Out of Context Statistics

In political squabbles, stats are your artillery. So it is in your best interest to use them, but also, to use them improperly. Remember, 78% of statistics are made on the spot.

-Long Words

Not big words, just loooong words. Starting your very opinionated sentence with “Wellllllll,” or “Buuuuut,” gives you time to gather your thoughts, which means looking smarter than ever.

-Pinky Up

Having a drink in hand is ideal: it makes you look older, and thus, smarter. It loosens you up a bit. Also, swaying back and forth with your hand gestures (see above) shows that your entire physical being is invested in this opinion, and the world will hear you shout it, dammit.

-“That’s _____-able”

Disagree! Saying things like “That’s questionable,” or “Debatable,” makes you seem engaged and knowledgeable. Whoever you’re talking to will disagree right back and that, friends, is the beauty of debate.

This cocktail, created by Moonraker’s very own manager and bartender Mitch Springman, is a delicious, zesty mixer that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The smokiness of the whiskey brings out the vanilla spice in the Tuaca, and, is best complemented with a cinnamon garnish. By Sarah Bulmer

LISTEN TO THIS

EARL sweatshirt is back!

Must Listen ?uestlove’s J Dilla Mix

Hip-Shop

In today’s world of hip-hop, it’s common to see artists extend their brands into various non-musical industries, especially fashion: Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang line, Big Sean with Finally Famous or Machine Gun Kelly with Lace Up. The genre’s presence in clothing has become a very influential part of rap culture. One of the fastest growing lines is October’s Very Own (OVO) by Drake. Many other artists and celebs apart from Drake’s crew have been seen sporting this leather OVO jacket with white arctic fox fur trim, buffalo hide exterior, 24k gold snaps and zipper, as well as an inner silk-lining with little owls, the brand’s insignia. Clothing in hip hop is more than just t-shirts; it has expanded into very lucrative items which help set the artists/designers apart from one another in a way that is beginning to become very visible and highly relevant in today’s pop culture. By Jeremy Hahn

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Oakley revamped its line of eyewear and now sells men’s and women’s sunglasses. They have several styles, from aviators to gas-cans and half-jackets. Be bold with your eyewear this spring, but make sure they fi t your face to avoid the insect look.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR HEART & HAPPENSTANCE

VERUM Media Group, LLC

Rob Johnson Sarah Bulmer Brad Jackson Lauren Fischer Manny Alhadab Katie Heine Michelle Morgan Jake Krzeczowski Jules Pratt

Brady Johnson

Editor-in-Chief/ Publisher Creative Director Operations Director Design Editor Photo Editor Fashion Editor Fashion Editor Music Editor Political Editor/ Social Media Sports Editor

Copy Editors Design Stefanie Pinkney Duncan Ross Thomas Ewing Caitlin Barnes Zoey Miller Sean Sampson Jill Albin Eric Bailey

In high school, I desperately sought membership on the yearbook staff. This was not a sign of an early craving for journalism, or a chance to enhance my writing skills. I had a crush. In order to approach her in a way that seemed promising, I would have to join the yearbook, but first, I would have to endure a semester of Journalism 101. If I tried any other way to swoon the girl, I would not have found my passion for photography, developed my degree, or started this magazine. Four years later, I can’t imagine where I would be in life if I didn’t make that one spontaneous decision in high school. While in Havana, Cuba, music editor Jake Krzeczowski investigated the truth behind Nehanda Abiodun’s life of conviction. Krzeczowski’s commitment to truthful development led to the discovery that a surface story is always marked by some tension. Because of a wild police chase and her commitment to justice, she has been named the godmother of hip-hop because of her influence on Tupac Shakur, but her story runs deeper than her influence in music; she stands for social movement within the depths of oppression. And lest we not forget the words of a young aspiring novelist Verum features in this issue. Hunter Sharpless took a leap of faith with an unorthodox proposal to a band he admired. Through sharing his frustrations as a writer, he charmed the band and followed Stephen Kellogg and the Sixer’s fall tour, inspiring his literary work. An engaged glance or curious chemistry can instantly spark infatuation. When it comes to strange encounters, Frank Sinatra explains it best; “Something in your eyes were so inviting/Something in your smile was so exciting/Something in my heart told me I must have you.” Even though I didn’t woo my high school dream girl, I’m at least not looking back, asking myself “What if?” Whether it is pure happenstance or a planned meeting, the content of our March issue shares one central theme: the pursuance of a dream and life’s unexpected twists. We are still in the driver’s seat.

Sales Chase Steuben Justin Barnett Devin Gale

Rob Johnson, Editor-in-Chief Verum Offices: 322 N. Linn Suite no. 2 (319)-353-2035

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Interview with Kate Cooper from An Horse By Jake Krzeczowski

Verum had a chance to catch up with An Horse’s Kate Cooper. who with Damon Cox make up the band An Horse, while she was in the studio working on new material. The duo sets out on tour March 9 and visits the Blue Moose March 11.

HOT OR NOT By Katie Heine

leggings with an outfit A pair of leggings under your dress is a great way to keep warm and look chic.

Verum: Is this a typical tour for you? Kate Cooper: This one is the perfect size. For me, it all feels kind of overwhelming, I have a month of dates and five dates in Australia which is totally manageable. In the past we’ve done two months in the states and a few weeks in Europe so it is just much easier to manage. It’s also one of our last tours on this record which is cool.

the “Urban Hipster” look Skinny jeans, oversized glasses, and retro suspenders are making a comeback in fashion.

leggings as pants Let’s just say they don’t leave much to the imagination.

The “Steve Urkel” Look Done wrong, the hipster look can just as easily resemble a 90’s nerd.

VM: Are you currently working on new material? KC: That’s what I’m supposed to be doing instead of Googling coffee shops (laughs). I’m actually set up in front of my computer and watching it open and it’s all set up and instead of doing what I’m meant to be doing I’m reading about coffee.

High Boots Nothing is fiercer than a pair of sleek, knee-high boots to set off an outfit.

VM: Is there a direction with the new album?

Bold Colors Cool color blocking is all the rage this spring.

KC: We’re still in the early stages so I’m just writing, writing, writing. I have an albums worth of material but I think that we want to have, before we can contemplate recording, we need four or five albums worth of material. I’ve got some work to do, which I’m currently not doing. (laughs)

Being comfortable

VM: What can we expect from an An Horse show?

Great style is all about being comfortable and confident. Choose outfits that make you look and feel great.

KC: Serious rock and roll. It’ll be a bit longer, a few covers maybe thrown in. We’re not playing anything new just yet, can’t do that but we expect to have a lot of fun. Catch the rest of the interview online @ Verumcampus.com

Smokey Eyes A great smokey eye is a seriously sexy date-night look.

3 Easy Ways to Shape Up for Summer 1. Chew Gum, Lose the Tum

A recent study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN showed that chewing sugar-free gum at 100 chews per minute will raise metabolic rate at approximately 20%, and someone chewing gum all-day can burn off an equivalent of 11 pounds per year!

2. Eye the Menu

By Kurtis Hall

We all know that eating healthy while dining out can be challenging, select restaurants that provide menus with caloric values. Numerous studies have shown that customers underestimate calories by 75-90%!

Ugg Boots They may be comfortable, but they have a tendency to look unflattering and sloppy

Too many at once Trying to wear too many bright colors in one look is visually assaulting.

just-rolled-out-of-bed We get it, it’s college, but there’s no reason why we have to run around campus in our pajamas. At least nix the sweatpants.

Raccoon Eyes Remember to go easy when layering eyeliner, dark shadows and mascara.

Messy Bun

Total Mess

Pulling your hair back into a tousled bun is effortless and can look totally stylish.

Its hard wto take someone seriously with hair randomly thrown on top of their head.

Wearing Vintage Adding vintage pieces to your wardrobe is a great way to mixand-match fashion trends and creates one-of-a-kind looks.

Old wardrobe Wearing the same clothes you wore in junior high is not considered vintage.

3. Taste the Rainbow No, do not go out and swallow down a bag of skittles, yet challenge yourself by consuming every color of the rainbow in fruits and veggies weekly. Go out and try new healthy foods and acquire new tastes that you never knew existed! MmMmM taste the rainbow, the healthy one.

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CONTRIBUTORS

ANDY ALCALA

RACHEL BJERKE

The piece I did shows multiple encounters between two strangers. From the first time they see each other at the coffee shop they catch each other's eyes. It doesn't take long before they see each other a few more times and they finally get to meet.

I rarely envision how I’m going to shoot something before arriving. My inspiration comes from my subjects. For me, it is all about meeting an individual and getting a sense of who they are before I point my camera at them and attempt to capture their light.

Computers have become delightful deceivers of the naked eye. Utilizing the powerhouse of technology that lurks within Photoshop, I have been able to recreate the somber feeling of watercolors and ink washes in the form of digitized pixels. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers have never looked so sexy.

BEN MACKEY

Newt’s face is an incredibly intricate and dough-like thing, which made it fun to create. I also liked drawing (pun most definitely intended) on the idea of him having a big head and mouth (being an asshole). But at the end of the day, aren’t those jowls just adorable?

ERIC MOORE

ROB MAHARRY I enjoy writing about politics because in the modern era, the whole process has become a circus. Sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh at these people who claim to be looking out for our best interests.

“No sir! I don’t like no sissy crap! I’m a rocker, man, through and through. Here’s a list of my favorite bands: AC/DC, Van Halen, not Van Hagar, Skynyrd, Def Lep…” – Joe Dirt. While my top-five list doesn’t exactly line up with Dirt’s, the classic rock in me is ever-present.

On the morning of April 6th, 2009, wanting to explore this country, wanting to discover “the road away from Here” that John Steinbeck had searched, I sent a flippant email to a band from Massachusetts. Half a year later, we toured. We were the King’s Men.

HUNTER SHARPLESS

CONRAD SWANSON

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Sony Tablet Polaroid Pogo Instant Mobile Printer

This new tech toy is every bit as cool as an iPad and the price tag is about $100 cooler. This is the only PlayStation certified tablet, and comes pre-loaded with trials to Music and Video Unlimited. Find out more at sony.com/UIowa $399

Thought Polaroid was dead? Think again. This mobile printer works with Bluetooth to easily print pictures from your phone. At $40, it’s a pretty affordable alternative to old school Polaroid photos.

Lifeproof iPhone Case

$40

This might be the wisest purchase you can spend of your a student with an iPhone. The Lifeproof Case puts your mind at ease with features like : it’s waterproof, dirt-proof, snow-proof, and shockproof $79 By Maddy Osman (Paid employee for Sony’s Campus Ambassador program)

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By Brendan Garrity

WR 6-4, 215 St. Louis, Mo.

7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: He might be the best available lineman, and the Jaguars may 89 – Houston Texans: When Andre Johnson went out with an pounce on him to protect QB Blaine Gabbert. injury last season, the Texans’ receiving core was almost absent every Sunday. 8 – Carolina Panthers: After making Pro Bowl-Rookie Cam Newton the face of their franchise, the Panthers need to ensure protection 96 – St. Louis Rams: McNutt could potentially be a favorite target of Sam Bradford, helping him bounce back from last year’s from the OL. disappointment.

101 Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars are one of the weakest teams at wide receiver and they are in desperate need of help.

9 – Miami Dolphins:

Should free agent Vernon Carey leave the team, Reiff could add size, talent, and toughness to the left side of the offensive line.

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DAN MATHESON Verum Sports Editor Brady Johnson sits down with UI Professor Dan Matheson, discussing his career in the sport industry as Director of Baseball Operations with the Yankees and as an NCAA investigator.

Dan Matheson became well aware that his career was on the right track during a spring training internship with the New York Yankees in 1996. Performing odd jobs and remedial tasks, Matheson helped the Yankees training camp run flawlessly. The coaches told Matheson that it was one of the best ran camps they’ve had. One day, while working in the clubhouse, Matheson heard a voice yell out at him, it was the voice of legendary owner George Steinbrenner. With his hand extended, Steinbrenner said, “So, you are the lawyer from Minneapolis everyone has told me about.”

Matheson returned to Minnesota to finish up a degree in law, but before he could do that, he had already received a job offer from Steinbrenner and the Yankees. One day after graduating, Matheson was on his way to training camp as the assistant of player development and scouting. Looking for a less demanding job that would give him more time with family, Matheson became an Associate Director of Enforcement for the NCAA, investigating potential violations by colleges, focusing on major infraction cases. After a long and successful career within the sport industry, Matheson returned to his hometown of Iowa City to become a professor at the University of Iowa.

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Verum: Was it intimidating being pretty young, right out of college at Minnesota, to find yourself working in the offices of one of the most prestigious sports franchises? Dan Matheson: It wasn’t as intimidating as you would think, probably because I interned with the Cubs at a young age. I was down in the club house on a daily basis around players and coaches as a 21-year-old. I also had very supportive people to work with. Mark Newman (Vice President of Baseball Operations) brought me in as an intern; he is one of the most intelligent people I’ve been around. Verum: What was working with the iconic George Steinbrenner like? Matheson: I truly loved and respected George. I really admired his loyalty because that can be tough to find in big business and sport. I also admired

the fact that he demanded as much out of himself as he did everyone that worked for him. He demanded a lot of commitment. But, more often than not, if he was expecting you to work on a holiday or weekend, he would be there with us and be involved. He also had a legendary temper. I recognized early on that he often showed his temper more as a way to keep everybody motivated as opposed to actually being angry at you for whatever he is scolding you for. I also enjoyed some of the nicknames he would give, some of which are probably to profane to publish. He used

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to jokingly call me his skinhead lawyer or the skinhead from Minnesota, all in good fun of course. Verum: Being around a lot of major league players, a lot of them have a pretty big ego. Were there any players that were hard to work with? Matheson: In my end of the business, we were signing new players and younger guys from the minor leagues. I really enjoyed dealing with players at that level. They were still very down to earth; they haven’t reached multimillion dollar contracts yet. They were living a fairly regular life for the most part. Derek Jeter was the most recognizable superstar then. When he bought a house in Tampa to be near our training facility during the offseason, he would come work out every day. He would walk up and approach everybody

there, the employees and assistants; he remembered everybody by name and was a very down to earth person. It was a great group. Verum: How rewarding was it to walk away from that experience with four World Series rings? Matheson: It was tremendously satisfying. I was a small part of a great organization, but I’ll never forget receiving my first ring and to see my name inscribed on it; that was very exciting. It was my first year there, and I was getting a ring at 26-years-old.

Words can’t describe it. Verum: What was the reason behind leaving New York for a new job as an NCAA Investigator? Matheson: My family and close friends are very important to me, and because of where I was living in Florida I rarely saw them. I basically worked 350355 days a year for six years straight, averaging about 3,000 hours a year. The combination of missing my family and working so much drove me to decide to make a significant career change in order to re-focus my life in areas I have neglected. Verum: What is the most outlandish NCAA rules violation that you have ever heard of? Matheson: There was a case I had that I investigated where this coach had a couple of prospects that weren’t yet

enrolled living at her house on campus. When I confronted her with that information, she insisted that it wasn’t the prospect staying at the house - it was in fact her twin sister that looks just like her. She stuck with that story throughout the investigation and hearings, even though we proved that the prospect didn’t even have a sister. Verum: Were schools ever upset to see you on campus; did you get the “Oh no, Matheson is here” type look? Matheson:Always. No school was happy to see me on campus. That’s just part

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of the business in enforcement. We’re used to going on campus to conduct our business and having schools be anxious for us to be done and leave. Verum: Were you surprised at all with the five-year coaching ban given to former Ohio State coach Jim Tressell? Matheson: I wasn’t at all. The NCAA Committee on Infractions takes ethical conduct legislation very seriously. The toughest penalties are reserved for cases where individuals knowingly violated ethical conduct rules. In this case with Tressell, everyone agreed that ethical conduct had been knowingly violated. Verum: Kentucky head coach John Calipari has put two schools on probation in the past, and each time, he was able to jump ship and coach a new team without repercussion whereas the school he was at before dealt with all the penalties. In your opinion, is this something that needs to be addressed or changed? Matheson: It’s a case by case situation when you talk about coaches who go from one program to another and the program before ends up with the major infractions. In any infractions case, if there is enough evidence to connect the coach to the major infraction, as was the case with Ohio State, that coach is subject to sanctions from the committee. The burden of proof is high with the NCAA, so while there may be suspensions or concerns that a coach was involved with violations, there’s nothing the NCAA can do if there isn’t actual evidence. It’s tough for fans to understand how it works, and commentators and media often don’t understand either. It’s easy to make a general statement that a John Calipari or someone should suffer some type of sanctions, but the NCAA isn’t in the business of making allegations unless there is significant evidence behind it. Verum: In the NCAA, there is an arms race for schools to win and in return upgrade facilities, get the best coaches, and

get the elite recruits required to win; has this ambition led to a culture of cheating in the NCAA? Matheson: That’s certainly an influence. The amount of money that can be made by a coach who has success can influence a coach to take a short cut when it comes to the rules. It is a competitive business, and people who choose to coach are by their nature highly competitive people. The desire to win and be competitive, and the desire to feed an individual’s ego, factors into why someone would cheat. When you have a collection of hyper-competitive people all reaching for the same goal, someone is bound to try and win at all costs. Verum: Just a year after upgrading Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa is upgrading the football offices and planning on building a new golf facility. Do you think the constant upgrades are necessary? Matheson: There is no question there exists competition between schools to upgrade facilities, and that leads to the ambition of bringing in better recruits. The student-athletes who are in the program or will be is that they benefit from all the facility development. Those are the students that many people feel are being short-changed by just getting scholarships and not getting paid; these students are benefiting from multimillion-dollar facilities. I am personally more concerned about the money spent to pay coaches at the highest level - that is a huge piece of the athletics budget and it is something the NCAA has no control over. Verum: With the money Oregon receives from Phil Knight, they are able to do more than almost any other team in terms of upgrading facilities. Do you think that is fair? Matheson: There will always be an unequal playing field when it comes to facilities. There is no way that will ever be equal. Oregon is fortunate they have a very generous donor that provides so much for the athletic department. That is fair in terms of Oregon doing what they want with that money. Oregon has just been a very high profile one with the Nike offices being so close; that draws a lot of attention, and it certainly draws more attention than a Roy Carver donation to Iowa. Verum: What was behind your decision to leave the NCAA and being teaching here at Iowa? Matheson: The decision was driven by the enthusiasm I felt for helping the next generation of sport management students that want to get into the business and do what I was thinking of doing 20 years ago. I draw a lot of satisfaction at this stage in my life in helping someone get a dream position that may have seemed unattainable before. The opportunity to return to the place I grew up and where my parents still live, that is important to me. The University has been very supportive, and they have funded a few projects for me. When you feel supported financially in the objectives you are trying to achieve, it makes a job more satisfying. It’s been very rewarding to be making a difference, and help others achieve their goals here.

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THE REVOLUTION WILL (LITERALLY) NOT BE TELEVISED By Jake Krzeczowski

While studying abroad in Havana, Cuba I was introduced to Nehanda Abiodun, a political exile currently living in Cuba under asylum. After meeting briefly I asked to do an interview and the next day I found myself in La Bahia on the outskirts of Havana with a photographer and my backpack filled with notebooks and cameras. Sitting in the bright Cuban sun with Nehanda was an unforgettable experience but the story of how she got there is even more intriguing.

Track 1: “And now I’m like a major threat, Cause I remind you of the things you were made to forget” - 2Pac Somewhere in the U.S., 1989 The monotonous tone of helicopter blades chopping at the brisk late afternoon air snapped her suddenly from intense concentration; “Ok, what will it be?” Nehanda Abiodun stood before her open closet, carefully investigating its contents as the walls closed in from all sides. Knowing full well that her spot on America’s Most Wanted list would warrant a parade of her image across TV stations and newspapers, she took her time deciding precisely what to wear. “Something that won’t get dirty easily, something that won’t wrinkle,” she thought to herself, carefully fingering through the hangers. Sirens sounded in the distance. Havana, Cuba - 2012 Sitting on the creaky red bench attached to one of two tables at Los Pollos, a state-owned fast food chicken bodega in the cluttered public housing section of Havana, Cuba known as La Bahia I began to wonder if she would actually show up. Popping a chicken croqueta in my mouth and washing it down with an orange soda,

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I saw her approaching from across the street, trading pleasantries with seemingly everyone who walked by. Pulling herself away from the crowd Abiodun approached the photographer Louis and myself, wrapping us into a hug that seemed meant for an old friend. Puzzled looks followed her as she embraced the two tank-topped pale Americans. Grabbing three Bucaneros Cervezas from the bodega, she sat down doling out the take, “Let’s do this,” she said with a crack of the can, a smile crossing her face. “Besos.” Nehanda Abiodun, previously known as Cherie Dalton, holds a degree from Columbia University and a host of 32 felonies against her in the United States. She was third on the FBI Most Wanted list during her heydey in the late 1970s for her involvement in the Lincoln Detox Center, a drug rehabilitation complex with revolutionary motives. Whether they are all warranted is up for debate. What isn’t however is the progressive spirit of the movement that she and her comrades were a part of.

Track 2: “Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare.” - 2pac The phone rang, another interruption in her decision-making process. Carefully, she picked up the receiver without saying a word. The voice from the other end informed her that police had set up road blocks around her neighborhood, and were handing out photos of her asking for information. Muttering a quick thank you, Nehanda put the receiver back.

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They were close; moving in. Three decades ago, at age 30, Abiodun had had enough with community work, organizing groups against threats that seemed insurmountable. Seeing little positive results from her work within the system, along with the killing of a young boy by police in her neighborhood forced her hand. “I felt I had to do everything I could to stop things like that from happening,” Abiodun said. “That’s when I decided to go about a more revolutionary path of bringing about human rights and the ending of ‘badisms’ that exist in the United States.” To be a patient at Lincoln Detox you had to take political education classes, do community work,” Abiodun said. “Doing community work, you were no longer a parasite on your community, you’re giving something back and getting a different outlook on yourself ” Lincoln was overseen by revolutionaries like Mutulu Shakur and had ties to a string of Brink’s truck heists during which two police officers and a security guard were killed. The attempted heist resulted in the jailing of several members of the group, which were also connected to the Black Liberation Army (BLA). New York Comptroller Ed Koch, who would later go on to be Mayor and other members of the government had been keeping a keen eye on the center and it’s revolutionary ideals eventually closing Lincoln with a raid of nearly 100 NYPD officers and SWAT team members. The raid occurred at night, with only five or six attendants on duty, none of whom were Abiodun. Stemming from the closing of the center, the attempted heists and

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the liberation of Assata Shakur in 1979, Abiodun was facing several charges under the Rico Conspiracy Act, which deals with being a part of illegal organization for personal gain and had previously only been used in mob cases. She was also implicated in the escape of Assata. “They say I and others were involved in expropriations of armored trucks, that we were also engaged in the ‘liberation’ of Assata,” Abiodun said. “Personally they say I was involved in the expropriations and aiding and abetting Assata’s liberation.” The 32 felonies levied against Abiodun, likely a life sentence if tried, are the most of anyone involved in the liberations and “revolutionary” work.

Track 3: “The war on drugs is a war on you and me, And yet they say this is the Home of The Free”. - 2Pac It had been eight years since skipping town on the grand jury. Eight years of living out of the public’s eye throughout America and it had come to this. Taking a deep breath she grabbed a pair of dark pants, black shirt and grey sweater. As sirens sounded in the distance, she dressed in a hurry; took a moment to smooth things over in the mirror and soaked in what very well could be her last moments of freedom. As she put the car into gear and rolled out of the driveway, reversing into the street, she glanced in the rearview mirror, “Here we go,” she said to herself. Dropping the gear from R to D, the car jumped and she turned the corner out of her neighborhood for the last time. It wasn’t long before what her friend had told her on the phone became reality. Sitting in a long line of cars, she peeked around those in front of her where she saw the black and white of police cars, officers stopping each vehicle with a document in their hands. With a car in front and behind her, a barricade ahead, Nehanda had nowhere to go; slowly inching toward fate. After the breakup of Lincoln and the subsequent backlash that followed the failed attempt on the Brink’s truck Nehanda skipped town, describing it as “underground”. With an ID, a job and a home she was well within the reach of American forces but she managed to stay out of their way, for a while.

Track 4: “And even to this day they try to get to her, But she’s free with political asylum in Cuba” - Common As the officer approached, her mouth went dry and she swallowed hard to clear her throat, thinking about the hectic schedule of the next couple of days would hold if she were recognized. A tapping on the window broke her reverie, bringing her back to the present. An officer stood outside her window, a similar bored look on his face. She rolled the window down slowly. “Hello ma’am,” the officer said from behind thick black aviator sunglasses. “Have you seen this woman?” She reached out and met the officer’s hand at the window, glancing the photo over and over in her grip. Nehanda had expected to see the picture, she had seen it almost everywhere for the better part of a decade: newspapers, magazines; repeatedly on television. This time though, tracing the photo quickly with her eyes she hardly recognized the woman she held in her hands in black and white. She followed the smile on her face to the dread-locked black hair she now wore up in a hat. The photo had been snapped a lifetime ago. “Never seen her,” she said, handing the picture back hoping he wouldn’t notice. He didn’t. Feeling herself slowly breathing again she passed by the cars and wooden blockades that made up the stop under the watchful eyes of the other officers before turning the corner and hitting the highway. It was late 1990. A couple months later she would arrive on the shores of Havana, Cuba; leaving the U.S. for good.

I still have people asking me ‘what happened to the $4.5 million, there must be a stash.’ Well if there is, no one’s told me.”

She had been called by a Grand Jury to testify against Mutulu, but she refused and went into hiding believing the charges against her and others were bogus. “At the first trial there was a ledger for all the money that was liberated, robbed, whatever went to do what?” Abiodun said. “To build the clinic, to finance a camp for kids, to help kids with college money. I still have people asking me ‘what happened to the $4.5 million, there must be a stash.’ Well if there is, no one’s told me.” Speaking to Nehanda about the time that decades that followed is difficult, highlighted by half sentences, pauses and smiles followed by reminders not to talk about certain things. For obvious reasons,

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Abiodun is conservative about what she says and does. After all, she spent eight years underground across America. Helped by those sympathetic in the struggle she managed to maintain a semblance of a real life with her children still in New York.

If Abiodun thought she had seen struggle in America, her arrival in 1991 in Havana was sure to open her eyes up to more. When asked how she got there she says matter of factly, “I didn’t walk on water.” The year marked the beginning of what Fidel Castro called “the special period” in Cuban history. Following the fall of the Soviet Union the country went through a time of intense economic collapse, felt most harshly by the people. It was normal for condoms to be shredded to mask a lack of cheese on pizzas. “During the special period, people were just so united. If I had something and you needed it there was no questions of sharing it and vice versa,” she said. “I got used to holding on to things because you never knew when you might need it.”

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She had arrived on the island fresh from her own revolution and eager to continue her support from abroad. The Cuban government granting her political asylum, however, had other plans. They ordered her to stop, to relax, allowing Nehanda the first semblance of peace she had felt in almost a decade of living underground. “I’m really, really grateful to (the Cuban government) for insisting that I take a rest because I had spent eight years underground and even though I thought I was normal, I wasn’t. It had psychological repercussions, being underground all that time.” Abiodun speaks of the pain she felt leaving her children behind initially, not being able to see friends or family members and a pesky habit of waking up in the middle of the night. Life outside of the United States hasn’t been easy. Cuba, the only country listed as “selfsustaining” by the World Wildlife Foundation has it’s downsides. While she is appreciative of everything the people and government have done for her, there are times she feels it weighing on her.

ary work, she came to be friends with a woman named Afeni Shakur, mother of famed American rap artist Tupac Shakur. For the first thirteen years of his life, Tupac grew up playing and spending time with Nehanda’s children. “Tupac was a year older than my son, but they played together like most kids that age.” Abiodun was among those who impressed a revolutionary, socially aware, spirit on the young Tupac Shaku. That politically aware mindset has carried over to her teachings amongst the Cuban hip-hop youth. Many come to hear the teachings she learned through time spent with the likes of Mutulu and Assata and the do it yourself mindset of their resistance to perceived biases around them.

“When I meet my ancestors I want to be able to look them in the eye and say ‘yes I made a lot of mistakes, but I tried my best. That’s what I really want.”

She was first introduced to the hip-hop community by Dana Kaplan, then a young American college student studying at the University of Havana.

“I’m comfortable,” Abiodun said. “I feel safe here. I have stress but it’s not the same stress if I was back in New York right now. I don’t worry about being put out of my house, about not eating.”

“While I was there I kept getting all these questions about the civil rights movement and racial justice issues in the U.S.,” Kaplan said. “Nehanda has a great historical perspective, I made sure they could have direct access to her, eventually she was hosting discussion groups in her apartment.”

Politics now on the backburner, Abiodun had a chance to try something new. She began working in communities throughout Havana, blending into her community, picking up spanish word by word. It wasn’t long before her reputation preceded her and she was sought out.

Around the turn of the millennium the Cuban government declared hiphop “an authentic expression of Cuban Culture,” and Fidel Castro called it “the vanguard of the Revolution.” The art form had jumped American borders and the locals were hungry.

Those looking for Abiodun however weren’t FBI operatives or military officials, but young hip-hop artists in Cuba looking for insight to the turbulent sixties and seventies in America; they wanted to hear about the struggle.

Abiodun obliged, bringing the Black August Hip Hop festival to Havana in 1999 along with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement of the U.S. The festival has hosted the likes of Mos Def, Common and The Roots. Today Black August is one of the most important hip-hop organizations in Cuba.

“I’m spoiled,” Abiodun said. “The youth that I see for the most part are very progressive, politically aware, involved in some sort of movement.”

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The genre of hip-hop, mascaraded in America with showers of dollar bills, platinum grills and twenty-inch rims has taken on a different role in the land of socialism. It is a political tool of sorts in a country where there are few. Lyrics often work as a commentary on the government, confronting, within bounds, the issues they face. Before long, Nehanda was tending to groups of Cuban rappers, often nearly a dozen at a time sitting on the floor of her apartment, looking to her for inspiration that is impossible to ignore when she speaks of listening to Malcolm X live or standing on protest lines at the age of ten.

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“It ain’t easy, being me. Will I see the penitentiary or will I stay free” - 2pac Life in Cuba isn’t perfect. While citizens don’t worry for basic necessities, luxuries are seldom. The government is nearing a change as the Castro brothers age every day and it is the Cuban hip-hop groups that have increasingly looked to be the voice of the youth. Since she was ten years old Nehanda Abiodun has sought to stand up for the change she feels is right for the world. She has sacrificed her family and her freedom but the only thing she regrets is not having done things a bit smarter. She is at peace with her life but of course would jump at the chance to return to America without jail time. Whether she is lending her teachings to the young people of Cuba or fighting for equality in “The Land of the Free,” Abiodun has never stopped pushing for what she believes in as others forced her to adapt. “When I meet my ancestors I want to be able to look them in the eye and say ‘yes I made a lot of mistakes, but I tried my best. That’s what I really want.”

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Illistration by Eric Moore

There is talk in the political sphere that Gingrich should step down with the recent rise of Rick Santorum in the primaries, but the former speaker’s past makes a case for why you shouldn’t count Newt out just yet… Just when you think Newt Gingrich is done, he resurrects himself in a way no one thought was possible. After he collected a mere 13% of the vote in Iowa and 9% in New Hampshire, it was easy to write old Newt off. Then, after winning South Carolina with nearly 40% of the vote, he fell off the horse at the Florida primary. No candidate has had more ups and downs than Newt, but if there’s anyone who thrives on failures and his own flaws, it’s the former Speaker of the House. Gingrich’s campaign seemed doomed from the start. Half of his campaign workers quit during the summer, he took a trip to the allimportant campaign stop of Greece, and his own party was crucifying him for calling Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan “right-wing social engineering.” Then, suddenly, due to strong debate performances and a dissatisfaction with the other major candidates, as well as perhaps a bit of divine intervention (Newt is a perfect example of a God-fearin’

man), he was leading in the polls when fall rolled around. A climb in the polls, proved to be a great way of making himself a target for political attacks. Lo and behold, the other contenders did not hesitate to point out Gingrich’s questionable political past. For example, he co-sponsored 418 bills with Nancy Pelosi, the evil San Francisco feminist (bipartisanship? OH NO!). Other candidates also drove home that he was fined $300,000 for ethics violations in the House, that he left his first wife while she was on her deathbed, and that he had originally supported an individual mandate for health insurance. After a pathetic performance in Iowa and New Hampshire, Newt appeared to be approaching the light at the end of the political tunnel, and fast. On the third voting day he rose again. He has a way of resurrecting himself, most notably in South Carolina continuing to stand out in debates thanks to his knowledge

of history and attacks on President Obama, dubbing him “the food stamp president” and a “Saul Alinsky radical”. Newt’s debate performances give him an excellent chance to show off his strengths to Republican voters, especially considering his main competition within the GOP is a robot who forgets how to function when there isn’t a written speech sitting in front of him. In the game of politics, Net’s bluster may actually be his biggest strength and secret to his longevity. Nowhere was this trait better displayed than in a recent debate in which John King asked Newt about allegations by his second wife that he had asked for an open marriage. Without answering the question at all, he attacked King, calling it disgusting that he would ask such a question. Newt managed to pull out the dustiest book on the shelf of the GOP defense library: ranting about the evil that is the liberal mainstream media. After his wrath had been fully

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unleashed, he drew raucous applause from the crowd. In case you’re confused, yes, the members of the “family values” party applauded a man for basically admitting that he was a cheater by refusing to deny allegations. Because he may be a womanizer, but at least he ain’t a goddamned socialist! You will not see any apologies coming from this candidate, and that might be the one thing keeping him strong. And that makes him a serious contender for the Republican nomination? Then again, when you’re running against a businessman with offshore accounts who will say ANYTHING to get elected, an 80 year old John Birch Society guy who could croak at any minute, and a man who calls on raped women to have their babies because they’re “a gift from God,” being a womanizer with three wives doesn’t seem so bad. Where does Newt go from here? As the race approaches its endgame, the minor candidates are dropping out, although some trudge on, still firing up their dwindling bases without attracting mainstream Republicans. Paul’s plans of eliminating the federal income tax and returning to the © Gage Skidmore

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gold standard may sound seductive, but that would be pretty much impossible to implement. Meanwhile, Santorum’s meteoric rise in popularity among religious conservatives has provided the final twist in a primary season so convoluted Miss Cleo couldn’t have called it. Which leaves us with Santorum, Gingrich and Romney, quite possibly the three weakest primary frontrunners of all time. Watching Romney and Gingrich argue over who flip-flops the most is like listening to Charlie Sheen and Keith Richards argue over who uses more drugs. The longer the intramural mud-slinging goes on, the more damage is done to the Republican Party, fractured as it already is. There’s only one thing that Republicans in this election can agree on, and it’s that “Obamacare” sucks. Who will come out on top? When it comes down to it, the biggest difference between Romney and Gingrich is their on-camera personalities, and that’s why I think Gingrich will be the Republican nominee. While Romney occasionally takes shots at President Obama and the other candidates, for the most part he says what he

has to say, highlighting his own strengths as a businessman and his plans to fix America’s sputtering economy. Gingrich, on the other hand, as the classic bully: if he thinks he’s better than you (which he does), you’ll know it right away. In an election in which many people are furious about the direction that the country is heading in, he captures that sentiment with scathing attacks on the president, the media, and anyone who has ever accused him of doing anything wrong. With an ego fit for a monarch and a career’s worth of rubbing elbows with big names, Gingrich is gaining steam at the perfect time. Beating the Dems If Gingrich and Obama do square off in the general election, it may be the biggest bloodbath (besides Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton) in American political history. With the Citizen’s United ruling in full force, imagine the ads that Super PACs will run. “Gingrich and Pelosi had an affair!” “Obama and Ahmedinejad are golfing buddies!” Ok, maybe those are a bit extreme, but you get the idea. Even if Gingrich doesn’t win, he can always fall back on charging $70,000 a speech. Man, it must be hard being Newt. By Robert Maharry

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In high-school the name of Stephen Kellogg’s band was Silent Treatment. Stephen plays the acoustic guitar and the harmonica and the electric guitar, and sometimes he plays the kazoo, and he sings, and he tells most of the stories, and he cracks most of the jokes, and he writes most of the tunes. His bandmates are Brian, Kit, and Sam. The band’s tour manager, Jessica, is his cousin. Stephen attended an all-boys school and one year at a student council meeting, a meeting at which there happened to be girls from the sister school, he saw Kirsten. He thought she was beautiful. So he started driving from his suburban Connecticut home to Greenwich, one of the wealthiest areas in the country, the town in which Kirsten lived, where there also lived NBA players and NFL players and Truman Capote. Stephen drove his orange Hyundai Excel covered in Silent Treatment decals—listening to

Cat Stevens and Jackson Browne and Tom Petty, listening to Whitesnake and Mötley Crüe and Scorpions—to Kirsten. He parked several houses away and threw rocks at her window. In college he grew his hair out, listened to the Grateful Dead, and played at keg parties. He then lived in a cabin in the woods. He sold ads for a magazine. I first met Stephen in Columbus, Ohio. It was Sunday. I paced in a garden near the venue three hours before the doors opened. In the breastpocket of my jacket there were four copies of the pitch I had written, a three-page proposal with Roman numerals and sections and the word “idealistic,” a proposal which was both edgy—I had used the word “fucking”—and literary—

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In the fall of 2009 I toured the country with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, a roots-rock band from New England. The plan was to write a book. Part biography, part memoir, part essay.

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I had used four dashes and three semicolons and two colons. “This is fucking literary,” I had written. As I watched the Sixers on stage I mouthed the words to their songs. Stephen wore a maroon shirt with a tie, and when he shook my hand after the show he met my eyes. He then lead me to the dressing room, which had four thin-leather chairs, Diet Coke, and a restroom. There was a mini-fridge with bottled water and beer. I gave my pitch, and then he asked questions, questions about me.

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In high-school I wrote a novella called Breathing Dreams Like Air. I attended a school where I learned Latin and read The Odyssey. In college when the Iowa River froze I wondered if one could walk across the ice. Stephen said the road was tough. He said he liked me but wanted to see how I’d do after a few days, so he proposed that my final interview would be a week-long trip that summer. I needed to get to Charlottesville, Virginia. My mom and I sat down at

the kitchen table and looked for a company that would rent a car to me—a nineteen-year-old. We looked in Charlottesville and we failed, and then we searched the whole state of Virginia, and then we searched every state bordering Virginia until we expanded our search to the entire southeastern portion of the United States. We found EZ-Car Rental in Georgia, and I flew to Atlanta. I then drove a brown KIA sedan—listening to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan and the Band, listening to Rage Against the Machine and Eminem and Kanye West—across South Carolina and across North Carolina and across half of Virginia to Stephen.

Standing in the elevator of the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, wearing my meticulously chosen outfit of a straw fedora, khaki shorts and flip-flops, I saw my reflection in the mirror. What I knew about the Sixers I had gathered mainly from a series of video-blogs the band had posted online. “Around the World with Kit Karlson” was the first episode. “This is Epcot center,” Kit announces. He leads the camera along a green lawn, past iron fences, by redbricked walls, near a cathedral whose bells are ringing, under gothic spires. “As in most art,” he says, “you realize beauty is in simplicity.” He then enters a magic joke shop. There’s a WILLY EXER-

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CISER, BLOW JOB UNDIES and a PROSTATE EXAM for £3.99. Kit however is not in Epcot. He’s in Cambridge, England. Another episode opens with Brian, Kit, and Stephen sitting side by side by side against a wall, all wearing sweatshirts, talking about the tour. “One of the things I’ve been doing on the side in this tour,” Stephen explains, “which I daresay I’m even more excited about is—uh—is Handy and Candy.” Handy is Stephen’s right hand. Candy, his left. “I make movies with Handy and Candy.” “I think it’s great,” Brian says, “for fans to see what you do in your spare time.” In nine episodes I’d seen the Sixers with slicked-back hair singing “Little Deuce Coupe” in a hotel room, I’d seen a penis whistle and a dirty sock puppet and a tuba in Home Depot, I’d heard a story involving internet dating and Tourette Syndrome and I’d also heard Stephen ask the question, of his own song, as the Sixers walked on stage, “How does this start?”

The Sixers have nicknames. Stephen is Skunk. Jessica is Cousin. Sam is Steamer. Brian is Boots. And Kit—whose real name is actually Keith—is Goose. In Charlottesville Skunk said he wanted me on the tour. So that fall I toured with Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers for three months. And the same Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers on the video blogs were the real Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. In Connecticut I slept under a Smurf ’s blanket, which was Stephen’s as a boy, and in Connecticut I heard Stephen’s daughter Sophia say to me, “Snow White it’s so good to see you!” In California Kit stripped, on stage, to his maroon boxer briefs. In Illinois Skunk told a story about Kit eating out a waitress. In New York I got drunk for the first time in my life, and I vomited. In Arizona Stephen told the story of how, after a 29-hour drive from St. Louis to Scottsdale, I had woken up dazed in the van, had seen a bird and had said, “I fucking hate birds—if I saw a bird tied to a post, I’d chop its head off,” which Stephen explained by saying, “Hunter’s a good Christian kid, not too many vices or anything, but we were a little surprised.” In Missouri we played at a hospital. In Oregon we played at a

theater rumored to have originally been a pornography theater. In North Dakota we played to 65 people. In Montana we got lost. I had a dream in which my book— which I have not finished—was published without my knowing in embargoed Cuba. Officials were handing out copies. We were outside of Havana. In a jungle. I looked at the spine of my book. As I myself had not yet chosen a title, I wondered what the Communists had picked: The King’s Men. When I woke the morning after my dream, I went to the computer and discovered who the King’s Men were—Shakespeare’s acting company as commissioned by the King of England in the year 1603.

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t’s late Sunday night, and after a long day of mastering their second album, the members of the Grand Tetons are exhausted, and in somewhat of a daze. The band’s newest addition and guitarist Setu Vora, 25, carries in a large pizza with an array of unidentifiable toppings. Cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon clutter the coffee table. Keys man Sean McGivern, 25, describes the dizzying effects he and his mates feel after a long day in the studio. “Hysteria sets in,” he says. “Things just get really silly.” The band mates and longtime friends agree with McGivern. “We goof off a lot,” says Vora. The band definitely holds an adventitious vibe, both which each other, and on stage. All the mates, who have been friends since college, joke about not really liking each other, but the Grand Tetons know that being mates with your mates is nothing but an advantage. “It’s easy to tell someone in the band something sounds like shit because you can do it politely and they know it’s coming from a good place,” McGivern says. But their minor screw-ups don’t hold a candle to their successes as a band and Grand Tetons’ drummer Greg Markus, 23, is confident that at the end of the day, all members walk away feeling great about their product. “We all have a respect for

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one another musically which helps because I trust all of them to write good parts and I know they’re musically talented,” says Markus. Grand Tetons derived their name from lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brian Johannesen’s, 25, solo projects. The term, home to a large mountain chain in Wyoming, means “great boobs” in French, but also holds deeper significance for Johannesen, who dons a rugged beard and a pair of plastic lab goggles. “It coincided with the fact that I always had friends who were in bands and I was never in a band myself,” he says. “It was sort of taking the next step and going somewhere I wanted to go.” There’s no doubt about it. The Grand Tetons music is so vastly unique that fans as well as the band itself, cannot subscribe it to one specific genre, but one could say, for sake of ease, they serve their audience an eclectic composure of power-folk, but in their first album you can also hear elements of country, blues, shogaze, and a slight twist of pop. The Grand Tetons also hold another creative component in their arsenal; fiddler Elise Bleck, 24. Their first album, The Do Move In Herds, available on Spotify and on tape, released November 5th and begins with Honey Don’t Know, a sweet transitional harmony of guitar and Bleck’s fiddle. The track is a great precursor to an even greater album that is truly sui generis, exclusively unique to the Iowa City music

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scene. Lately, Johannesen has been in a state of experimentation with his music, and has been listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen. “My writing has gone in a different direction,” he says laughing, “Greg has been really good about filling the void for Tetons because I’ve been writing all sorts of weird cowboy shit.” Johannesen plans to move to Tennesee in the summer to start over, and this transition is apparent in their new album. While all members will continue to play and progress with their music, Grand Tetons will part ways. While Vora and McGivern will stay in graduate school at the University of Iowa, the band is set to individually explore the opportunities available to young and oh-so-talented Midwestern musicians. Come March 30th, Grand Tetons will be playing their freshly recorded and never-been-heard songs, which Markus describes as “clean” and “somewhat schizophrenic” at Mission Creek Music and Art Festival. The band is comfortably familiar with the Iowa City music scene, and the festival—this will be Markus’ 5th year playing it. But Vora says the band has yet to receive the chance for the “crazy exposure” they hope to receive when they play at 9 p.m. at the Blue Moose. Mission Creek brings in bands from all over the country, and no better band than Grand Tetons are just one

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example of the complex amalgamate available to Iowa City music junkies. Johannesen says he is excited to see the local bands playing the festival that aren’t headliners. “It’s [usually] hard to book shows with local bands, not because we sound so unique, but because everyone sounds so unique,” says Johannesen of Iowa City’s multitude of music selection. Grand Tetons will play with William Elliott Whitmore and Justin Townes Earle, and couldn’t be more ecstatic to rock out alongside two of their highest musical inspirations. “I just want to drink with Justin Townes Earle,” says Markus. “I don’t even care if we play. I just want to hang out with him.” Grand Tetons will also play at The Mill on March 9th with The Heligoats from Portland, but their Mission Creek performance will be one of their last, and possibly their biggest, on-stage collaborations. However, they do hope to go on a small Midwest tour together in the early summer. “Fuck it, let’s go,” says Johannesen. “If anyone has a van they want to lend us, that would be great,” says Markus, encouragingly. The band also shares one more common, highreaching aspiration: to get their first record on vinyl.In an age of mp3 and instant gratification, Grand Tetons say they still turn to vinyl as their favorite medium for music because of the organic romanticism records offer the listener. “It demands your attention among other things that are just incredible distracting,” says McGivern, while Vora ponders a slightly less philosophic advantage.“I just like to watch the record spin round and round,” bursts our Vora. “I wonder what a dinosaur would look like on there.” Their appreciation for original musical intent is paralleled by a love for dinosaurs. Maybe it’s the beasts’ mystified presence in history. What’s known about them is obscured by the enigma of what’s lost overtime. The members of Grand Tetons consider themselves a grassroots band, concrete and driven, but don’t get too bogged down by the melodrama of musical politics. Once the members of Grand Tetons go their separate ways, their music in Iowa City will remain ravenously present, biting, and nowhere near extinct.

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VAN HALEN

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Fourteen years after their last studio album, Van Halen reunited with their original front man David Lee Roth to release their twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. This is a long awaited revival of Van Halen’s semi-original lineup, featuring Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Michael Anthony, Van Halen’s most notable bassist, has since been replaced with Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, who holds his own among the giants of the rock and roll world. During their time apart Van Halen recorded and toured with Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone of Extreme. Predictably, neither Hagar or Cherone could fill the void left by Roth’s voice, his ego, or his on-stage persona. Roth experimented during his time away from Van Halen, recording a forgettable solo album of classic rock

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covers, Diamond Dave. Simply put, Roth belongs as the front man for Van Halen. Despite personal differences within the band, their chemistry is impossible to beat. Generally, the vocalist has the largest challenge compensating for the years past. Finger dexterity

and muscle memory can last the test of time, but a singer’s vocal cords are the quickest to degrade. A Different Kind of Truth is by no means an exploration of new ground, it’s a shot back to the glory days. Ed-

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die’s pick scrapes, high speed licks, heavy riffs, and bends so low you can practically feel the whammy bar maxing out his guitar strings are ever-present.Alex’s drumming is as tight as it ever was, keeping time with the fast-action picking. On the same line, songs like “As Is” might remind old fans of “Everybody Wants Some” off their 1980 album Women and Children First. The song begins with Alex Van Halen introducing the drums in signature quick dual beats with Eddie following up with fast paced licks and Roth with even faster lyrics. Releasing “Tattoo” as a single before the album hit the shelves was a logical choice, setting the tone for a classically laid out Van Halen album, melodic, hard rocking, fun and fast. Musically it’s nothing new but a reminder as to why Van Halen fans liked the band in the first place.

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ARAABMUZIK Instrumental UNIVERSITY

Instrumental University by AraabMuzik With the recent release of Instrumental University, it’s clear that there are two AraabMuziks: AraabMuzik the electronic artist and AraabMuzik the hip-hop producer. Last year’s Electronic Dream showcased Araab’s ability to make innovative, original electronic beats that didn’t quite make you want to dance or pick up a microphone. Instrumental University on the other hand proves to be what the DJ was originally known for; hard-hitting hip-hop instrumentals. Whereas most hip-hop DJs release albums featuring new instrumentals and rappers to accompany them, à la DJ Khaled & DJ Drama; Instrumental University features recycled beats sans rappers. Unfortunately as an album, this just doesn’t hold up. Each instrumental is impressive individually, and as just that, an instrumental, but as an album it grows stale, especially with the lack of vocals. The fact remains that it’s damn near impossible to hear stand-out tracks like the energy-pumping “Rubberband Stacks” and soul-heavy “Ain’t Mad Acha,” and not want to hear Cam’Ron & Vado rap along with the beat. Instrumental University is by no means a failed project, it’s just that this particular album is likely for aspiring MCs and general hip-hop heads rather than fans of Electronic Dream’s aesthetic. If you still want to check out AraabMuzik’s work, you’re better off finding the original tracks but with vocals, which are mostly featured on free mixtapes and almost exclusively from artists in or affiliated with the Diplomats rather than purchasing this album.

Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom By Brigette Burgman

Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks By Louis Livingston First listening to of Montreal’s Paralytic Stalks I thought this album defies description. How do you describe a banshee in need of a lozenge pining in a tunnel with too many offshoots creating a cacophony of echoes and ambience? And that was just the first track. To say that Of Montreal’s new album “Paralytic Stalks” is acid rock would be to say that Alice took the blue pill, but did not wake up in bed, instead the rabbit hole junction is missed and she fell into a much stranger world of layered choral screaming and reverb’d guitar stringing. Tracks timing in at over 7 minutes, others feeling like a lifetime lose you in their cryptic lyrics and cacophonic soundscapes. All and all Of Montreal’s lead man Kevin Barnes has stepped over a line in the genre of psychedelic rock from ambient noise and mystic bell to white noise and rakehell.

When it comes to criticizing the legendary Paul McCartney, there are few reasons. However, fans might be disappointed with his new album, Kisses on the Bottom. McCartney reveals a new side and sound. Of the fourteen tracks, twelve are cover songs and only two are originals. These cover songs are all based off of songs McCartney grew up with reminding him of home and his father. The songs range from various artists from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. The album has a very old jazzy vibe, which gets to be a bit boring with the same tone and melodies throughout. McCartney’s voice is often flat and dreary on the songs and listening to the tracks all in a row gets to sound very repetitive. One of the originals, My Valentine features Eric Clapton on the guitar. The second original is, Only Our Hearts, one of the most exciting songs with an upbeat harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. A huge McCartney fan myself, this album was a pretty big disappointment. What others and i need to remember is that this is a personal piece of work for McCartney. The purpose of this album was not to entertain and amaze with new songs, but rather to pay a tribute to his father and childhood. Even though this isn’t his best of work, he makes up for it with all the sensational work he’s done in the past.

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Photography by: Andy Alcala Styled by: Katie Heine & Michelle Morgan Written by: Katie Heine Designed by: Caitlin Barnes

Recharge your wardrobe with some of spring’s hottest trends to look fresh and feel confident this season.

On him: Leather bracelet, Raygun, $6; Urban Ears headphones, Raygun, $60; Nike shoes, Full Kit, $78; Belt, Ragstock, $9; Vans shirt, Full Kit, $50; HSU t-shirt, Full Kit, $38; Four Star jeans, Full Kit, $65. On her: Polka dot blouse, InBox, $36; Camisole, Catherine’s, $10; Purse, InBox, $48; Qupid shoes, InBox, $46; Leather bracelet, Raygun, $6; Chan Luu earrings, Catherine’s, $105; Jeans, Raygun, $45.

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Wake up this season (caffeine optional) with one of spring’s hottest shades: Tangerine. The vibrant hue pops against dark-washed denim. Men can reenergize their t-shirts by layering with button ups, instantly giving you a new look.

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On him: Emerica jacket, Full Kit, $99; Vans shoes, Full Kit, $30; Messenger bag, Raygun, $55; Jeans, Raygun, $45; Belt, Ragstock, $9; Tank, Ragstock, $10. On her: Gold necklace, Catherine’s, $88; Chan Luu wrap bracelet, Catherine’s, $173; Latico cross-body bag, Dulcinea, $108; Studded loafers, InBox, $45; Purple jeans, Ragstock, $25; French Connection tank, Catherine’s, $68; Splendid sweater, Catherine’s, $169.

Prints and patterns are all the rage this spring. Pick a tribal-inspired bandage skirt. Balance the skirt with a loose top, and accessories to let the pattern stand out. Guys can make a bold statement with the color red; in a sea of black and blue color you will be sure to standout.

Color blocking is still hot for spring. Mix bright, solid colors for a look that will get you noticed. Guys can ease into the trend by incorporating a bright accessory – like a messenger bag or a pair of socks – along with a favorite t-shirt and jeans combo.

Oh him: Shirt, Ragstock, $17; Rustic Dime jeans, Full Kit, $40; Belt, Ragstock, $9; Vans shoes, Full Kit, $40; Watch, model’s own. On her: BB Dakota blouse, Dulcinea, $62; Bandage skirt, InBox, $38; Necklace, InBox, $15; Camisole, Catherine’s, $10; Shoes, stylist’s own. Location courtesy of Moonrakers

On him: Emerica jacket, Full Kit, $99; Vans shoes, Full Kit, $30; Messenger bag, Raygun, $55; Jeans, Raygun, $45; Belt, Ragstock, $9; Tank, Ragstock, $10. On her: Gold necklace, Catherine’s, $88; Chan Luu wrap bracelet, Catherine’s, $173; Latico cross-body bag, Dulcinea, $108; Studded loafers, InBox, $45; Purple jeans, Ragstock, $25; French Connection tank, Catherine’s, $68; Splendid sweater, Catherine’s, $169.

Color blocking is still hot for spring. Mix bright, solid colors for a look that will get you noticed. Guys can ease into the trend by incorporating a bright accessory – like a messenger bag or a pair of socks – along with a favorite t-shirt and jeans combo.

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Prints and patterns are all the rage this spring. Pick a tribal-inspired bandage skirt. Balance the skirt with a loose top, and accessories to let the pattern stand out. Guys can make a bold statement with the color red; in a sea of black and blue color you will be sure to standout.

Oh him: Shirt, Ragstock, $17; Rustic Dime jeans, Full Kit, $40; Belt, Ragstock, $9; Vans shoes, Full Kit, $40; Watch, model’s own. On her: BB Dakota blouse, Dulcinea, $62; Bandage skirt, InBox, $38; Necklace, InBox, $15; Camisole, Catherine’s, $10; Shoes, stylist’s own. Location courtesy of Moonrakers

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Avoid stressing about your first-date look by choosing a simple one-piece dress. Keep it interesting by picking a frock with details – like cut-outs or an asymmetrical hem.

On him: Shirt, Ragstock, $17; Jeans, Raygun, $45; Vans shoes, Full Kit, $50; Belt, Ragstock, $9.

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On her: Lush dress, InBox, $58; Qupid shoes, InBox, $29; Necklace, Raygun, $31; Ring, Ragstock, $3; Clutch, Ragstock, $7. Location courtesy of Blue Bird Diner

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The weather is starting to warm up as spring hits Iowa City and it’s time to break out of the winter jackets and into warmer attire. Often times we find ourselves looking into our closet thinking, “I have nothing to wear”. Verum decided to select two University of Iowa students and show them ways they can remix their wardrobe and discover different looks with the clothes they already own! Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective. Written and Styled by Michelle Morgan Photographed by Manny Alhadab

Jahan likes to look put together when he goes to class. He sports a blazer or slacks on any given day.

Jahan wanted to look polished but he also wanted to find more outfit combinations within his wardrobe.

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Roma loves to shop at popular stores such as Forever 21 and BCBG. Her wardrobe contains many trendy pieces; her typical go-to look is a cute top and skinny jeans.

Roma wants to break away from her skinny jean uniform and find ways she can be fashion forward without looking like Lady Gaga.

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Sports

The Thin Line Editor, Brady Johnson

“Athletes will always try to get an edge if they lack knowledge on whether it’s legal or what the policies are. If you think it will make you better, some from The Center for a Drug people will take it” number Free Sport, which will have a repreRicky Sandquist

When University of Iowa junior

pitcher Matt Dermody goes to buy workout supplements, the process isn’t as simple as clicking ‘Add to Cart’. The MLB prospect must first check the ingredients to make sure nothing in the product raises a red flag. He often asks teammates or strength and conditioning coach Rusty Burney for a second opinion on the product’s legality. Lastly, Dermody will call a toll free

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sentative ready to look the product up to check if it is banned by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

worth it for Dermody, considering his aspirations: leading Iowa on the mound this season and improving his draft status. “I will always call that number and have them look up the product to see if there is anything in it that may set off a drug test,” said Dermody, a native of Norwalk, Iowa. “It’s not worth it to be careless.”

While the workout and diet supplement industry has steadily been a multiThe process is extensive, but such is million dollar business over the past 15 the nature of collegiate athletics, where years, sport has just recently caught up one wrong supplement or the simple to speed and developed methods to mistake of drinking too much cofbattle the potential risks involved with fee too close to the administering of their products. The Committee on a drug test runs the risk of ruining an Competitive Safeguards and Medical entire year of athletic eligibility. Aspects of Sport is constantly researching products and advising NCAA instiWhile going through such precautions tutions on what products should may complicate a simple task, it is well be legal.

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Universities have also caught up and acknowledged the issue at hand, drug testing each athlete at least once a year and relying on informed specialists to speak to each team at the beginning of the season. While the NCAA’s measures have been effective in decreasing the use of anabolic steroids by athletes according to a fiveyear study, pre-workout supplements are a trend on the rise. In a 2010 article posted on the NCAA’s website, author Sally Huggins stated that preventing studentathletes from using supplements is one of the “great challenges facing athletics personnel and sports dieticians”. With workout supplements becoming a huge component to the weight lifting community, a culture of taking supplements and stimulants in the form of a pill or powder has become rampant. This culture has come with significant risks. The ingredient dimethylamylamine, also known as DMAA, is found in popular workout supplements such as Jack3d, OxyELITE Pro and C4 Extreme. The United States Army is currently investigating the ingredient after two soldiers died of heart attacks last year in training. The Department of Defense has removed all products containing DMAA from military bases as a precaution. Thanks to many preventative efforts set forth, Dermody avoided using the ingredient for workouts. Dermody currently uses one product, N.O.-Xplode 2.0., that recently took out DMAA, making it legal for student-athletes and potentially less harmful. “They recently made it (N.O.Xplode) legal to use by taking out 36

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an ingredient, so that’s helpful,” said Dermody, who became something of folklore in Iowa after becoming the first pitcher in Iowa high school history to strike out all 18 batters in a 6-inning perfect game. “But, really when it comes down to lifting weights, the important thing is always technique, and nothing can replace that.”

Tim Fangman, stick to only whey protein and don’t use supplements.

“I guess there is a little temptation to take pre-workout (supplements) when the season gets to be grinding, but never anything that could cost eligibility. They’ve come up with a few more legal supplements recently, and that helps,” said Fangman, who had The NCAA has no official list of the second lowest ERA on the team banned supplements, maintaining a last season. “The biggest thing is taklist of banned drug classes instead; a ing protein in terms of recovery when rather vague list. This makes it even you have such a long season like we more difficult for student-athletes have.” considering 28% of supplements in the United States have banned sub- Junior Ricky Sandquist entered colstances in them without a warning or lege as a talented but lanky pitcher disclosure on the label according to a out of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Three years study by the UC San Diego Athletic later, he has added nearly 30 pounds Performance Nutrition Guide that in muscle and provides a perfect extested 600 supplements. ample of how athletes can gain muscle without taking illegal substances. For the Iowa baseball team, available Sandquist relied on Iowa’s strength information and a successful strength program and legal substances such and conditioning program has helped as protein to develop the type of individuals stay away from confusion frame that scouts will find ideal. For and risk involving supplements, and Sandquist, Iowa’s policies helped him more importantly, avoid throwing do things they right way. away a year of eligibility. Before the beginning of each season, every Iowa team has a meeting with “Here at Iowa, they a nutritionist who explains what supplements are illegal and what types of really do a good job of products could set off a drug test. Iowa informing you on what also provides every athlete with a tollfree number they can call to verify the is legal and what isn’t, legality of a product. The only prod- and how to do things ucts encouraged are whey protein and Powerade Protein Milk. Iowa used the best way possible.” to provide Muscle Milk to the baseball team, but has since stopped. The product had an illegal ingredient on the label; insulin growth hormone. “Athletes will always try to get an Muscle Milk has since removed the edge if they lack knowledge on whether it’s legal or what the policies ingredient. are. If you think it will make you Many on the team, including senior better, some people will take it,” said

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Sandquist. “Here at Iowa, they really do a good job of informing you on what is legal and what isn’t, and how to do things the best way possible.”

*All of this is word for word from the NCAA website in their banned drug list and manual*

Whenever recruits visit Iowa City, the coaches frequently pull Sandquist aside to serve as an example of what a solid strength and conditioning program can do for athletes no matter what size they come into the program.

2011-12 NCAA Banned Drugs The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs: a. Stimulants b. Anabolic Agents c. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only) d. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents e. Street Drugs f. Peptide Hormones and Analogues g. Anti-estrogens h. Beta-2 Agonists

“We play 56 games, and if you aren’t taking care of your body, something bad is going to happen,” said Sandquist. “Focusing in the weight room and knowing what things you should put into your body definitely makes a big difference in a sport like baseball.” For a sport that has been stained by steroid controversy at the professional level for decades, Sandquist believes the culture is significantly declining thanks to stricter drug testing as well as crack down policies. “I think the steroid era has died down. They are taking away records and keeping guys out of the Hall of Fame for it, and that has a big effect,” said Sandquist. “At the college level, when you can get tested five times a year, we won’t risk eligibility for something that doesn’t equal success.”

•Any substance that

is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned!

•The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified. • Dietary supplements are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. • Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using dietary supplements. • Many dietary supplements are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label. • Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk.

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Manning is a hall of famer ELI Manning, that is By Nick Kappel

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Bart Starr. Bob Griese. Terry Brad- Jim Plunkett. Tom Brady. Ben Roethshaw. Joe Montana. Troy Aikman. lisberger. Eli Manning. John Elway. These four complete the list of quarThese six pro football immortals have terbacks who’ve won multiple Super two qualities in common: They all Bowls. Brady and Roethlisberger have two or more Super Bowl rings, seem to be destined for Canton when and they’re all enshrined in the Pro their playing days are over. Football Hall of Fame.

Plunkett, who retired in 1986, wasn’t even included among the 26 semifinalists for the class of 2012 and is most likely not getting in anytime soon, or ever. And then there’s Manning. Eli Manning.

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Much has been said about his legacy since the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win over Brady’s Patriots. But is he really a Hall of Famer? The short answer: He will be. The long answer: Buckle up. Let’s assume Manning doesn’t win another Super Bowl. How does he compare to Plunkett; the only twotime Super Bowl winning, Hall of Fame-eligible quarterback who’s not enshrined? Plunkett won 72 of the 144 games he started (.500 winning percentage) during his 15-year career. Manning has won 69 of his 119 starts (.579) in eight seasons. Manning has a better completion percentage (58.4 to 52.5) and QB rating (82.1 to 67.5). In 25 less starts, Manning has 21 more passing touchdowns (185 to 164) and 1,697 more passing yards (27,579 to 25,882). Manning’s career interception rate (passes intercepted divided by passes attempted) is 3.3, in comparison to Plunkett’s rate of 5.3. To be a Super Bowl winning quarterback—twice—and not be considered Hall of Fame worthy, you have to be pretty bad. Jim Plunkett was just that. Eli Manning is not. Even comparing Plunkett and Manning against their peers, Manning comes out on top. While Plunkett

was slightly better than average in terms of passing yards per game, he was below average in terms of touchdowns and interceptions thrown per game. Manning, on the other hand, has been 7.55 percent above average in passing yards per game and 12.06 percent above average in touchdowns per game. His bug-a-boo: interceptions.

(he’s averaged 4,318 yards and 29 touchdowns over the last three), he’ll rank ninth on the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns list, ahead of Hall of Famers such as Joe Montana and Dan Fouts.

This would place Manning in an elite (albeit, somewhat arbitrary) class: Only one other quarterback ranks in the top-10 all-time in passing yards, Manning’s case strengthens when passing touchdowns and has two Suyou compare his numbers to the six per Bowl rings: multiple Super Bowl-winning quar- John Elway. terbacks who are in the Hall of Fame (Starr, Griese, Bradshaw, Montana, Listen up, haters: Manning is a Hall Aikman and Elway). of Fame quarterback any way you slice it. His current (and projected) Manning ranks third among the elite numbers match up against the best class in passing yards behind Mon- that have ever played the position. tana and Elway. He also ranks third in His passing yards and passing touchterms of passing touchdowns behind downs per game totals are better than Montana and Bradshaw. In terms of that of Griese, Aikman and Starr. interceptions he ranks last, the only one among the group with a below- And don’t forget: Starr and Elway league-average interception rate. (See both played 16 years. Montana played Graphic) 15. Bradshaw and Griese lasted 14 seasons, and Aikman retired after 12. Still not convinced Manning will end up enshrined in the Hall of Fame? Manning just finished his Consider this: eighth season. Manning will be 34 when his current contract with the Giants expires after the 2015 season. If he can average 4,000 passing yards and 25 passing touchdowns for the next four years

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